Clearing Clutter

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 09/02/2016

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time — Cycle C

“…everyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciples. [Lk 14:33]

In today’s Gospel Jesus minces no words about the cost of discipleship. There are three challenges he makes to would be followers of his way. First, hating one’s family, the second carrying your cross and thirdly, ridding yourself of all possessions. Today I have chosen to consecrate on ridding your mind and heart of the things we hold on to for various reasons.

Clearing Clutter

Make room for Christ.
Clear the clutter.

Storage bins make for big business.
You carry your own storage bin in your mind and heart.

Why the clutter?
Why the hoarding habit?

• Security,
• Safety,
• Fear,
• Pride.

The attics of our minds are filled with dusty boxes holding not just prize possessions,
But thoughts of hatred, revenge, un-forgiveness, and hardness of heart.

When we lock “people possessions” in our mind and heart,
Hoard and harbor hurts, we also lock out Christ.
Clear the clutter.

Christ has the key to our storage bins.

Open your heart to Christ. Let go. Clear the clutter.
Place the bags and dusty boxes at the foot of the cross.
Let the Blood of Christ wash away these unwanted possessions.
Now you are ready to pick up your cross and follow Christ as his disciple.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What must I let go of to become Christ’s disciple?
  2. What cross am I refusing to carry?
  3. When will you open the storage bins of your mind and heart?
  4. What are the practical steps you will take to run the race to this goal?
  5. Chose one possession you will place beneath the cross of Christ this week.

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